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When we were happy we had other names.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life and Death of King John
         (Salisbury at V, iv)

Then shall our names,
  Familiar in his mouth as household words--
    Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter,
      Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester--
        Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb'red.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (King Henry at IV, iii)

I cannot tell what the dickens his name is my husband had him of.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merry Wives of Windsor
         (Mistress Page at III, ii)

I do beseech you,
  Chiefly that I might set it in my prayers,
    What is your name?
      - William Shakespeare, The Tempest
         (Ferdinand at III, i)

I am thankful that my name in obnoxious to no pun.
      - William Shenstone, Egotisms

Ye say they all have passed away,
  That noble race and brave;
    That their light canoes have vanished
      From off the crested wave;
        That mid the forests where they roamed
          There rings no hunter's shout;
            But their name is on your waters;
              Ye may not wash it out.
      - Lydia Huntley Sigourney, Indian Names

The generality of men are wholly governed by names in matters of good and evil, so far as the qualities relate to and affect the actions of men.
      - Bishop Robert South

And last of all an Admiral came,
  A terrible man with a terrible name,--
    A name which you all know by sight very well;
      But which no one can speak, and no one can spell.
      - Robert Southey, The March to Moscow
         (st. 8)

I'll give you leave to call me anything, if you don't call me spade.
      - Jonathan Swift, Polite Conversation
         (dialogue II)

And the best and the worst of this is
  That neither is most to blame,
    If you have forgotten my kisses
      And I have forgotten your name.
      - Algernon Charles Swinburne, An Interlude

The myrtle that grows among thorns is a myrtle still.
      - The Talmud, Talmud, Sanhedrin (44)

No sound is breathed so potent to coerce
  And to conciliate, as their names who dare
    For that sweet mother-land which gave them birth
      Nobly to do, nobly to die.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, Tiresias

O, Sophonisba, Sophonisba, O!
      - James Thomson (1), Sophonisba

In ancient days the Pythagoreans were used to change names with each other,--fancying that each would share the virtues they admired in the other.
      - Henry David Thoreau

He that is ambitious for his son, should give him untried names,
  For those have serv'd other men, haply may injure by their evils;
    Or otherwise may hinder by their glories; therefore set him by himself,
      To win for his individual name some clear praise.
      - Martin Farquhar Tupper

Charmed with the foolish whistling of a name.
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        Georgics (bk. II, l. 72),
        (Cowley's translation)

Neither holy, nor Roman, nor Empire.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire),
        Essay on the Morals of the Holy Empire of the Hapsburgs

Imagine for a moment Napoleon I, to have borne the name of Jenkins, or Washington to have sustained the appellation of John Smith!
      - Artemus Ward (pseudonym of Charles Farrar Browne)

"A person with a bad name is already half hanged," saith the old proverb.
      - Edwin Percy Whipple

Who swerves from innocence, who makes divorce
  Of that serene companion--a good name.
    Recovers not his loss; but walks with shame,
      With doubt, with fear, and haply with remorse.
      - William Wordsworth

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